One of the great things about Gmail is how the service encourages you to archive emails rather than delete them. Google gives you plenty of space and says, “Use our awesome search to find that old message you didn’t know you’d need.” For that, the company deserves props. There are instances, however, when you might accidentally archive something you intended to keep in your inbox. To fix this, you need to know how to unarchive Gmail.
Here’s the scoop on what you need to do.
Track down that email you want to unarchive
If you click the “All Mail” link on the left side of Gmail, that’ll show you every message Gmail is currently saving for you. Both inbox messages and archive messages appear here, so you might be able to find the email you accidentally archived this way. Alternatively, you can use Gmail’s search (in the “Search mail” box at the top of the screen) to try and track it down.
Once you’ve done that, follow these instructions.
- Click the checkbox next to the email you want to unarchive.
- Click the “Move to Inbox” icon directly above your list of emails. This icon is located on the right side of the icon lineup. It’s a box with a downward-pointing arrow inside of it.
Now your email will be transported back to your inbox. When you click “Inbox” on the left side of the screen, it’ll appear there in the same order it was received. So if you originally got it a few days back, you might have to scroll down a bit to find it in your inbox again.
And that is how to unarchive Gmail! If you archive something by mistake, it certainly isn’t a catastrophic error. But now you at least know how to move that message back if this oopsie does occur.